A special place for artists and sightseers, this sublime seaside resort lies to the north of Penzance and is an ancient fishing port. Legend has it that was created following the arrival of the Irish Saint Ia in the 5th century.|
The coming of the Railway Age transformed the town into a pleasure ground for Victorian holidaymakers and today the clifftop railway is an attraction in itself.
Full of quaint alleys and old houses, St. Ives still possesses a timeless quality. Its church dates back to the 15th century and has a 120ft tower while the surfing paradise of Porth Meor beach is must-go.
The town became the focal point for a colony of leading artists in the 1920's. Later three of them, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, came here to live.
More recently a branch of the Tate Gallery was opened in St Ives and looks after the Barbara Hepworth Museum and sculpture garden.
The pyramidal, granite Knill Steeple, built by a former mayor in the late 18th century, overlooks the resort. |
Meanwhile, the St. Ives feast incorporates one of the few remaining examples of Cornish hurling.